Brittany & Joe’s Colorful Las Vegas Smith Center “Elvis” Wedding


Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Brittany and Joe were supposed to get married on the Brooklyn Bridge but just 3 weeks before their wedding construction rendered their venue inaccessible so they had to decide on another one and fast. They eventually decided on a venue a few, ermm, States away —   The Smith Center of Performing Arts in Las Vegas where they were pronounced married by “Elvis” in front of a colorful art installation called “Pipe Dreams”. They incorporated some just-as-quirky details such as Star Wars cuff links, matching skull flasks, a non-white wedding dress for Brittany, rainbow-colored socks for Joe, plus their guests were encouraged to wear an explosion of color. Only immediate family & the closest of friends were invited which made the celebration intimate and special.

We have Mike L. Photography to thank for this delightful submission. Enjoy!

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

I’m very grateful that Brittany is here to tell us all about herself & Joe and their wedding (they were in the middle of relocating from Alaska to Seattle when they received my questionnaire!):

My husband used to be a dog musher in Alaska and he enjoys movies, helicopters, Star Wars, pizza, and Captain Morgan’s.  I like recycling, mental health advocacy, learning about serial killers, cooking, tattoos and Bloody Mary’s.  Together we raise our two rescue pups, practice a Vegan lifestyle and we like going on long aimless drives.

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

We discussed everything from having a large wedding at our home (Anchorage, at the time) to just eloping and telling our families and friends after the fact.  In the end, we decided on a destination wedding in Las Vegas since we enjoyed our time there the year before, and it was mid-way between our families in Alaska and Michigan.  Having social anxiety I didn’t want to have too many people there because I don’t like being the center of attention, so ultimately we ended up inviting only immediate family and close friends.  

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Having a wedding in Las Vegas was not without it’s own challenges, however.  We had originally planned to have the ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge at the New York, New York Hotel on the Strip.  Then, three weeks before our wedding, we found out that the New York, New York was undergoing construction and the bridge would be inaccessible.  We panicked!  We now had to find a venue that allowed an outside photographer and minister, would hold about 30 people, and transportation to get our guests to the wedding. It’s not easy changing plans on the fly with a location so far from home.  We eventually settled on getting married in front of a sculpture called “Pipe Dreams” at The Smith Center of Performing Arts.  Details of the wedding were an amalgamation of things we enjoy, like Star Wars cuff links, guests being assigned to wear different colors of the rainbow, and lots of booze.

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

A few very helpful words of advice from the newlyweds:

Planning our own wedding was quite a learning experience, and there are a few things we would like to pass on.  First, don’t drink too much.  Second, don’t schedule anything too rigidly except for the day of the wedding – plans are constantly evolving (such as your photographer’s wife going into labor the day before your wedding!).  Third, don’t be a tour guide for out of town friends and family.  Fourth, and most importantly, do what you want and stay true to yourselves.  If you aren’t a traditional couple, don’t try to have a traditional wedding.  We wanted to have fun, not plan too much, and stay under budget.  If we did it again, I don’t think we would’ve done things any differently.

Las Vegas Smith Center Elvis wedding

Big thanks to Mike for sending his lovely photos my way, and congratulations to Brittany and Joe! Here’s to a lifetime of wedded bliss. 🙂

Photography: Michael Lichtenwalner of  Mike L. Photography
Location: The Smith Center of Performing Arts
Officiant: Roland August, The Mobile Minister
Hair and Makeup: Francesca Lombardo, Bobbie Pin Beauty
Party Bus: Elite Transportation

Image submission via Two Bright Lights

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  1. What a colorful and funky theme! Thanks for sharing!

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